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  • Take transit or rideshare. Ride the bus, train, subway or carpool to work or school.
  • Telecommute. Work from home on Air Quality Action days and spend your extra commute hours with your family.
  • Trip-link. Do all of you errands in one trip, avoiding unnecessary cold starts.
  • Refuel at the end of the day. Ozone levels are usually highest in mid to late afternoon.
  • Don’t “top off” your tank when refueling. Spillage adds two tons of air pollution daily.
  • Postpone mowing the lawn. Late in the day or on a day when air quality is better. Remember to fill your gas tanks after dusk too.
  • Use wood stoves and fire places wisely and sparingly. Burn only untreated hard wood in a properly maintained woodstove or fireplace.
  • Refrain from burning trash or yard waste.
  • Conserve energy at home. Set the thermostat lower in the winter and high in the summer. Conserving energy not only helps air quality, it also saves you money.
  • Get regular tune-ups and car maintenance checks. A properly running vehicle emits less pollution and saves gas.
  • Turn it off. Idling your vehicle wastes gas and pollutes the air.
  • Join your local Transportation Management Association. Your TMA can provide tips and advice on reduce pollution from your commute.
  • Avoid harmful fumes. Using oil-based paints, solvents, cleaners, varnishes, or other household and personal products that cause fumes can be hazardous.
  • Keep the right amount of air in the tires. Proper tire pressure saves gas and the air.
  • Use teleconferencing instead of driving to meetings.